For the second year in a row, CUW graduates achieve excellence in certification passing rates.

At Concordia University Wisconsin, graduates of the nurse practitioner programs have always done well, both on their credentialing exams and in real-world practice. In recent years, however, program graduates have reached new heights when it comes to earning their highly valued certifications.

For the second year in a row, 100 percent of 2020 CUW graduates passed their American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) exam on the first try. The same is true for graduates on the ANCC Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) track; 100 percent of 2020 CUW passed that exam on the first try, as well.

On the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) exam, CUW grads also performed exceptionally well. Once again, 100% of 2020 graduates passed the AGPCNP exam on the first try, while 98.1% needed just one try to pass the FNP exam.

In all these cases, the results significantly surpass the national averages.

“We’re extremely pleased with our students’ certification pass rates,” said Diane Ames, CUW’s director of graduate nursing programs. “It’s a rigorous program, and our faculty are proud our recent graduates significantly exceeded the national averages.”

Exam:                               CUW Pass Rate:              National Average:
ANCC AGPCNP              100%                                  81.8%
ANCC FNP                      100%                                  89.5%
AANPCB AGPCNP        100%                                  86.0%
AANPCB FNP                 98.1%                                 85.0%

To learn more about the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at Concordia University Wisconsin, visit the School of Nursing page at

— This story is written by Mike Zimmerman, corporate communications manager for Concordia University Wisconsin. He may be reached at or 262-243-4380.

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